Spoilers for last night's "Reaper" coming up just as soon as I get a Bluetooth...
The CW sent out two episodes for review: the season premiere, and next week's "The Sweet Science." Yet "Dirty Sexy Mongol" was by far the most entertaining of the three. Weird how that works sometimes.
This one was a very good showcase for both Tyler Labine and Rick Gonzalez. Labine got the funny (and very nimble) dance-off scene with the rival for his "sister's" affections, as well as his great pained reaction to realizing he had talked her into saving herself for marriage. What Gonzalez does as Ben isn't as flashy, but his goofy-sweet approach to Sam's world is often even more amusing (and endearing) than what Sock's up to. I loved Ben refusing to put the bunny down long enough to pull the spear out of the post, as well as his confidence in knowing the Mongol would strike the Vietnamese restaurant (and that they could play Risk while they waited). And Ben dating a rebel demon has a lot of promise.
The Mongol didn't have a ton of personality, but they did enough with his learning curve and got him off-screen early enough that his scenes were fine. The rest of the time was spent on Sam's quest to find Alan, and on different people (Gladys, the Devil) sending demons after Sam to suit their own agendas. Satan taking out a pair of demons just to show Sam a lesson and scare away Alan was a great action-movie moment, even if I'm annoyed that the show has completely dropped the ambiguity about Sam's parentage.
It was also good to see Andi helping out Sam for once on Hell-related business. I still don't think the writers know what to do with Missi Peregrym, but having her join this show's version of the Scooby gang and offering a less juvenile perspective on soul-hunting seems as good a direction as any.
In other news, Ted gets fired, and I won't miss him. I'd like to think this means a return appearance by Curtis Armstrong as Russ (who I think would make a great Michael Scott-style boss), but if they haven't seen fit to bring him back by now, I'm not going to get my hopes up.
What did everybody else think?